Nov. 18, 2005
The Florida State women’s basketball team (1-0) made it 12 straight wins in season-openers with an 82-57 win over Georgia Southern Friday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Led by Ganiyat Adeduntan’s 18 points, four Seminoles recorded double figures, including freshmen Britany Miller (14) and Tanae Davis-Cain (13). FSU’s top returning scorer from last year, Alicia Gladden, added 15 points. All 13 available Seminoles saw playing time, with nine of them seeing double figure minutes.
“First off, I’m very pleased by the way we turn it on defensively in the first half,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “I think we came out a little soft and timid and once we challenged our team, I thought they really responded. We have four returning starters that really can lock up on the defensive end and when they went to the five-guard lineup, we really stepped it up on defense. Britany (Miller) will come along as a defender and it was nice to establish a low post game on the offensive end. I thought Britany did a great job being efficient with the basketball and on the offensive boards. Holly (Johnson) was steady with six assists and one turnover and Ice (Alicia Gladden) was Ice, but now she has extended her game to hit a three, so it was very fun to see her hit her first three.”
Florida State led by 11 or more points in the final 20:47 of the game and led by 21 or more points for the final 14:58 of the game. After being even on the boards with 16 rebounds apiece at halftime, the Seminoles dominated inside in the second half to finish the game with a 41-32 rebounding advantage. The Seminole defense recorded 14 steals and six blocks and forced 25 Georgia Southern turnovers. FSU’s biggest lead was 29 points when Shante Williams, who is back on the court after redshirting last season, hit a lay up for two of her seven points off of the bench. She also had five assists in 18 minutes of play.
Four Seminoles tallied four or more rebounds, including Hannah Linquist and Nikki Anthony with four apiece and Adeduntan led the way with six boards. Holly Johnson, who had a game-high six assists, played a team-high 29 minutes. She was the only Seminole to play more than 24 minutes.
The Eagles (0-1) were led by Shawanda Atwood’s 14 points.
The Seminoles led 45-32 at halftime but had to come from behind for the advantage. Adeduntan (15), Gladden (13) and Miller (10) led the charge for the Seminoles with double figures in the first 20 minutes. Georgia Southern came out shooting, and with 78 percent shooting, had an 18-12 lead with just under seven minutes gone in the first half. Miller also came out firing and had eight of FSU’s first 12 points.
“I was definitely shocked (about GSU’s strong start), not that they (the Eagles) couldn’t do it, but I thought our defense would have come out a lot stronger than what we did,” Johnson said. “I think it made us realize that we really can’t come out and take any possession off; we have to come out on every possession and work hard.”
Down 20-14, Adeduntan hit a three-pointer from the top of the key and knocked the ball loose on the defensive side of the ball to give the Seminoles momentum. After a GSU score, Adeduntan drained another three to pull the Seminoles within 22-20. Miller, who averaged a point a minute with 10 points in the first 10 minutes of the game, paced the Seminoles but it was Adeduntan’s hot hand that finally gave FSU its first lead at 26-24 with 7:34 left in the half. She and Miller combined for 20 of FSU’s first 26 points and the Seminoles led the rest of the game. Gladden came on late, scoring five of FSU’s final seven points of the half.
The Seminoles will host the Pac 10’s Washington Huskies Sunday, November 20th at 2 p.m.